College Basketball Bubble Watch

Updated: February 5, 2009, 4:34 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com


Welcome back to Bubble Watch

Editor's note: This file has been updated to include all games through Wednesday, Feb. 4.

With February upon us (and we all know what month comes after February), it's that time in the college hoops season for a little housecleaning. Conference races are beginning to take shape, and as we sift through the pretenders and contenders, upstarts and also-rans, it's a perfect opportunity for the unveiling of the first Bubble Watch of 2009.

Before you is an entirely merit-based environment. Teams mired in long losing streaks, don't fret. Get back that winning feeling and check back next week. Preseason prognostications and expectations carry no weight inside the Bubble (good-bye Notre Dame, Wisconsin), while surprise tourney wannabes will be welcomed with open arms (hello Dayton, Utah State).

Here is this week's Bubble Watch: